State Innovation Grant Program, Notice of Availability of Solicitation for Proposals for 2008 Awards, 65571-65572 [E7-22755]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 224 / Wednesday, November 21, 2007 / Notices Dated: November 14, 2007. Richard T. Westlund, Acting Director, Collection Strategies Division. [FR Doc. E7–22756 Filed 11–20–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560–50–P ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY [FRL–8498–4] State Innovation Grant Program, Notice of Availability of Solicitation for Proposals for 2008 Awards Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: SUMMARY: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, National Center for Environmental Innovation (NCEI) is giving notice of the availability of its solicitation for proposals for the 2008 grant program to support innovation by state environmental regulatory agencies—the ‘‘State Innovation Grant Program.’’ The solicitation is available at the Agency’s State Innovation Grant Web site: http://www.epa.gov/innovation/ stategrants/solicitation2008.pdf, or may be requested from the Agency by e-mail to: innovation_state_grants@epa.gov, telephone, or by mail. Only the principal environmental regulatory agency within each State (generally, where delegated authorities for Federal environmental regulations exist) is eligible to receive these grants. DATES: State environmental regulatory agencies will have until January 3, 2008 to respond with a pre-proposal, budget, and project summary. The environmental regulatory agencies from the fifty (50) States; Washington, DC, and four (4) territories were notified of the solicitation’s availability by fax and email transmittals on November 15, 2007. Copies of the solicitation can be downloaded from the Agency’s Web site at: http://www.epa.gov/ innovation/stategrants or may be requested by telephone (202–566–2186), or by e-mail (Innovation_State_Grants@epa.gov). You can request a solicitation application package be sent to you by fax or by mail by contacting NCEI as indicated below. Applicants are requested to apply online using the Grants.gov Web site with an electronic signature. Applicants are encouraged to submit their preproposals early. For those applicants who lack the technical capability to pwalker on PROD1PC71 with NOTICES ADDRESSES: VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:56 Nov 20, 2007 Jkt 214001 apply electronically via Grants.gov, please contact Sherri Walker by phone at: (202) 566–2186 and/or by e-mail to: innovation_state_grants@epa.gov for alternative submission procedures. Proposals submitted in response to this solicitation, or questions concerning the solicitation should be sent to: State Innovation Grants Program, National Center for Environmental Innovation, Office of the Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (MC 1807T), 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460, (202) 566–2186, (202) 566–2220 FAX, Innovation_State_Grants@epa.gov. For courier delivery only: Sherri Walker, State Innovation Grants Program, U.S. EPA, EPA West Building, Room 4214D, 1301 Constitution Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20005. Proposal responses or questions may also be sent by fax to (202–566–2220), addressed to the ‘‘State Innovation Grant Program,’’or by e-mail to: Innovation_State_Grants@epa.gov. We encourage e-mail responses. If you have questions about responding to this notice, please contact EPA at this e-mail address or fax number, or you may call Sherri Walker at 202–566–2186. EPA will acknowledge all responses it receives to this notice. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is soliciting pre-proposals for an assistance agreement program (the ‘‘State Innovation Grant Program’’) in an effort to support innovation by State environmental regulatory agencies. In April 2002, EPA issued its plan for future innovation efforts, published as Innovating for Better Environmental Result: A Strategy to Guide the Next Generation of Innovation at EPA (EPA 100–R–02–002; http://www.epa.gov/ innovation/pdf/strategy.pdf). This assistance agreement program strengthens EPA’s partnership with the States by supporting state innovation compatible with EPA’s Innovation Strategy. EPA wants to encourage states to build on previous experience (theirs and others) to undertake strategic innovation projects that promote largerscale models for ‘‘next generation’’ environmental protection and promise better environmental outcomes and other beneficial results. EPA is interested in funding projects that: (i) Go beyond a single facility experiment and provide change that is ‘‘systemsoriented;’’ (ii) provide better results from a program, process, or sector-wide innovation; and (iii) promote integrated (multi-media) environmental management with a high potential for SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: PO 00000 Frm 00015 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 65571 transfer to other states, U.S. territories, and tribes. ‘‘Innovation in Permitting’’ is again the theme for the 2008 solicitation. Under this theme, EPA is interested in pre-proposals that: (a) Support the development of state Environmental Results Programs (ERPs); (b) Implement National Environmental Performance Track (PT) or similar performance-based environmental leadership programs by states, particularly including the development and implementation of incentives; or (c) Involve the application of Environmental Management Systems (EMS), including those that explore the relationship of EMS to permitting, or otherwise support integrated or multimedia strategies. EPA continues to interpret ‘‘innovation in permitting’’ broadly to include permitting programs, pesticide licensing programs, and other alternatives or supplements to permitting programs. EPA is interested in creative approaches for both: (1) Achieving mandatory federal and state standards; and (2) encouraging performance and addressing environmental issues above and beyond minimum requirements. EPA’s focus on a small number of topics within this general subject area effectively concentrates the limited resources available for greater strategic impact. EPA may contemplate a very limited number of projects not linked to these focus areas, but otherwise related to the general theme of innovation in permitting, in particular as they address EPA regional and state environmental permitting priorities. This solicitation begins the sixth State Innovation Grant competition. Of the 35 projects that have been awarded in the prior rounds seventeen (17) were provided for development of environmental results programs, eight (8) were to enhance performance-based environmental leadership programs, eight (8) were related to environmental management systems and permitting, two (2) were for watershed-based permitting, and one (1) was for an information technology innovation for the application of geographic information systems (GIS) and a webbased portal to a permitting process. For information on prior State Innovation Grant Program solicitations and awards, please see the EPA State Innovation Grants Web site at http://www.epa.gov/ innovation/stategrants. E:\FR\FM\21NON1.SGM 21NON1 65572 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 224 / Wednesday, November 21, 2007 / Notices Dated: November 6, 2007. Elizabeth Shaw, Director, Office of Environmental Policy Innovation. [FR Doc. E7–22755 Filed 11–20–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560–50–P ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY [EPA–HQ–OPP–2007–0400;FRL–8156–5] 4-Aminopyridine Reregistration Eligibility Decision; Notice of Availability Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ACTION: Notice. pwalker on PROD1PC71 with NOTICES AGENCY: SUMMARY: This notice announces the availability of EPA’s Reregistration Eligibility Decision (RED) for the pesticide 4-aminopyridine, and opens a public comment period on this document. The Agency’s risk assessments and other related documents also are available in the 4aminopyridine Docket. 4-aminopyridine is an avicide with flock-alarming properties. It is registered in the U.S. to control birds of public health concern around nesting, feeding, loafing, and roosting sites on or in the area of structures, feedlots, landfills, and airports. EPA has reviewed 4aminopyridine through the public participation process that the Agency uses to involve the public in developing pesticide reregistration and tolerance reassessment decisions. Through these programs, EPA is ensuring that all pesticides meet current health and safety standards. DATES: Comments must be received on or before January 22, 2008. ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, identified by docket identification (ID) number EPA–HQ–OPP–2007–0400, by one of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: http:// www.regulations.gov. Follow the on-line instructions for submitting comments. • Mail: Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP) Regulatory Public Docket (7502P), Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460–0001. • Delivery: OPP Regulatory Public Docket (7502P), Environmental Protection Agency, Rm. S–4400, One Potomac Yard (South Bldg.), 2777 S. Crystal Dr., Arlington, VA. Deliveries are only accepted during the Docket’s normal hours of operation 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays. Special arrangements should be made for VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:56 Nov 20, 2007 Jkt 214001 deliveries of boxed information. The Docket Facility telephone number is (703) 305–5805. Instructions: Direct your comments to docket ID number EPA–HQ–OPP–2007– 0400. EPA’s policy is that all comments received will be included in the docket without change and may be made available on-line at http:// www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided, unless the comment includes information claimed to be Confidential Business Information (CBI) or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute. Do not submit information that you consider to be CBI or otherwise protected through regulations.gov or email. The regulations.gov website is an ‘‘anonymous access’’ system, which means EPA will not know your identity or contact information unless you provide it in the body of your comment. If you send an e-mail comment directly to EPA without going through regulations.gov, your e-mail address will be automatically captured and included as part of the comment that is placed in the docket and made available on the Internet. If you submit an electronic comment, EPA recommends that you include your name and other contact information in the body of your comment and with any disk or CD-ROM you submit. If EPA cannot read your comment due to technical difficulties and cannot contact you for clarification, EPA may not be able to consider your comment. Electronic files should avoid the use of special characters, any form of encryption, and be free of any defects or viruses. Docket: All documents in the docket are listed in the docket index available in regulations.gov. To access the electronic docket, go to http:// www.regulations.gov, select ‘‘Advanced Search,’’ then ‘‘Docket Search.’’ Insert the docket ID number where indicated and select the ‘‘Submit’’ button. Follow the instructions on the regulations.gov website to view the docket index or access available documents. Although listed in the index, some information is not publicly available, e.g., CBI or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute. Certain other material, such as copyrighted material, is not placed on the Internet and will be publicly available only in hard copy form. Publicly available docket materials are available either in the electronic docket at http:// www.regulations.gov, or, if only available in hard copy, at the OPP Regulatory Public Docket in Rm. S– 4400, One Potomac Yard (South Bldg.), 2777 S. Crystal Dr., Arlington, VA. The hours of operation of this Docket PO 00000 Frm 00016 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Facility are from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays. The Docket Facility telephone number is (703) 305–5805. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Katie Hall, Special Review and Reregistration Division (7508P), Office of Pesticide Programs, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460– 0001; telephone number: (703) 308– 0166; fax number: (703) 308–7070; email address: hall.katie@epa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. General Information A. Does this Action Apply to Me? This action is directed to the public in general, and may be of interest to a wide range of stakeholders including environmental, human health, and agricultural advocates; the chemical industry; pesticide users; and members of the public interested in the sale, distribution, or use of pesticides. Since others also may be interested, the Agency has not attempted to describe all the specific entities that may be affected by this action. If you have any questions regarding the applicability of this action to a particular entity, consult the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. B. What Should I Consider as I Prepare My Comments for EPA? 1. Submitting CBI. Do not submit this information to EPA through regulations.gov or e-mail. Clearly mark the part or all of the information that you claim to be CBI. For CBI information in a disk or CD-ROM that you mail to EPA, mark the outside of the disk or CD-ROM as CBI and then identify electronically within the disk or CD-ROM the specific information that is claimed as CBI. In addition to one complete version of the comment that includes information claimed as CBI, a copy of the comment that does not contain the information claimed as CBI must be submitted for inclusion in the public docket. Information so marked will not be disclosed except in accordance with procedures set forth in 40 CFR part 2. 2. Tips for preparing your comments. When submitting comments, remember to: i. Identify the document by docket ID number and other identifying information (subject heading, Federal Register date and page number). ii. 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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

[FRL-8498-4]


State Innovation Grant Program, Notice of Availability of 
Solicitation for Proposals for 2008 Awards

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, National Center for 
Environmental Innovation (NCEI) is giving notice of the availability of 
its solicitation for proposals for the 2008 grant program to support 
innovation by state environmental regulatory agencies--the ``State 
Innovation Grant Program.''
    The solicitation is available at the Agency's State Innovation 
Grant Web site: http://www.epa.gov/innovation/stategrants/
solicitation2008.pdf, or may be requested from the Agency by e-mail to: 
innovation_state_grants@epa.gov, telephone, or by mail. Only the 
principal environmental regulatory agency within each State (generally, 
where delegated authorities for Federal environmental regulations 
exist) is eligible to receive these grants.

DATES: State environmental regulatory agencies will have until January 
3, 2008 to respond with a pre-proposal, budget, and project summary. 
The environmental regulatory agencies from the fifty (50) States; 
Washington, DC, and four (4) territories were notified of the 
solicitation's availability by fax and email transmittals on November 
15, 2007.

ADDRESSES: Copies of the solicitation can be downloaded from the 
Agency's Web site at: http://www.epa.gov/innovation/stategrants or may 
be requested by telephone (202-566-2186), or by e-mail (Innovation--
State--Grants@epa.gov). You can request a solicitation application 
package be sent to you by fax or by mail by contacting NCEI as 
indicated below.
    Applicants are requested to apply online using the Grants.gov Web 
site with an electronic signature. Applicants are encouraged to submit 
their pre-proposals early. For those applicants who lack the technical 
capability to apply electronically via Grants.gov, please contact 
Sherri Walker by phone at: (202) 566-2186 and/or by e-mail to: 
innovation_state_grants@epa.gov for alternative submission 
procedures. Proposals submitted in response to this solicitation, or 
questions concerning the solicitation should be sent to: State 
Innovation Grants Program, National Center for Environmental 
Innovation, Office of the Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection 
Agency (MC 1807T), 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460, 
(202) 566-2186, (202) 566-2220 FAX, Innovation--State--Grants@epa.gov.
    For courier delivery only: Sherri Walker, State Innovation Grants 
Program, U.S. EPA, EPA West Building, Room 4214D, 1301 Constitution 
Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20005.
    Proposal responses or questions may also be sent by fax to (202-
566-2220), addressed to the ``State Innovation Grant Program,''or by e-
mail to: Innovation--State--Grants@epa.gov. We encourage e-mail 
responses. If you have questions about responding to this notice, 
please contact EPA at this e-mail address or fax number, or you may 
call Sherri Walker at 202-566-2186. EPA will acknowledge all responses 
it receives to this notice.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency 
(EPA) is soliciting pre-proposals for an assistance agreement program 
(the ``State Innovation Grant Program'') in an effort to support 
innovation by State environmental regulatory agencies. In April 2002, 
EPA issued its plan for future innovation efforts, published as 
Innovating for Better Environmental Result: A Strategy to Guide the 
Next Generation of Innovation at EPA (EPA 100-R-02-002; http://
www.epa.gov/innovation/pdf/strategy.pdf). This assistance agreement 
program strengthens EPA's partnership with the States by supporting 
state innovation compatible with EPA's Innovation Strategy. EPA wants 
to encourage states to build on previous experience (theirs and others) 
to undertake strategic innovation projects that promote larger-scale 
models for ``next generation'' environmental protection and promise 
better environmental outcomes and other beneficial results. EPA is 
interested in funding projects that: (i) Go beyond a single facility 
experiment and provide change that is ``systems-oriented;'' (ii) 
provide better results from a program, process, or sector-wide 
innovation; and (iii) promote integrated (multi-media) environmental 
management with a high potential for transfer to other states, U.S. 
territories, and tribes.
    ``Innovation in Permitting'' is again the theme for the 2008 
solicitation. Under this theme, EPA is interested in pre-proposals 
that:
    (a) Support the development of state Environmental Results Programs 
(ERPs);
    (b) Implement National Environmental Performance Track (PT) or 
similar performance-based environmental leadership programs by states, 
particularly including the development and implementation of 
incentives; or
    (c) Involve the application of Environmental Management Systems 
(EMS), including those that explore the relationship of EMS to 
permitting, or otherwise support integrated or multimedia strategies.

EPA continues to interpret ``innovation in permitting'' broadly to 
include permitting programs, pesticide licensing programs, and other 
alternatives or supplements to permitting programs. EPA is interested 
in creative approaches for both: (1) Achieving mandatory federal and 
state standards; and (2) encouraging performance and addressing 
environmental issues above and beyond minimum requirements. EPA's focus 
on a small number of topics within this general subject area 
effectively concentrates the limited resources available for greater 
strategic impact. EPA may contemplate a very limited number of projects 
not linked to these focus areas, but otherwise related to the general 
theme of innovation in permitting, in particular as they address EPA 
regional and state environmental permitting priorities.
    This solicitation begins the sixth State Innovation Grant 
competition. Of the 35 projects that have been awarded in the prior 
rounds seventeen (17) were provided for development of environmental 
results programs, eight (8) were to enhance performance-based 
environmental leadership programs, eight (8) were related to 
environmental management systems and permitting, two (2) were for 
watershed-based permitting, and one (1) was for an information 
technology innovation for the application of geographic information 
systems (GIS) and a web-based portal to a permitting process. For 
information on prior State Innovation Grant Program solicitations and 
awards, please see the EPA State Innovation Grants Web site at http://
www.epa.gov/innovation/stategrants.


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    Dated: November 6, 2007.
Elizabeth Shaw,
Director, Office of Environmental Policy Innovation.
[FR Doc. E7-22755 Filed 11-20-07; 8:45 am]
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